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Autopsy scheduled for Eastport man found dead in Montauk

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Wednesday on Gavin Q. Keblish, an Eastport man whose body was found Saturday night in front of the Rough Riders Condominiums in Montauk.

“The cause of death is still pending,” a spokesman for the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office said Wednesday. Toxicology tests were also expected to be performed and could take weeks to complete, according to the medical examiner’s office.

East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said Tuesday that authorities do not suspect foul play in Keblish’s death, adding that anyone with information can contact the detective division at 631-537-7575.

“The subject does not appear to be a victim of a crime, and the investigation is ongoing,” Sarlo said.

Police said Keblish’s body was discovered by Montauk resident Robert Prado, 67, shortly after 6 a.m. on Aug. 13.

Prado, owner of the Marshall & Sons Fuel Oil Inc. gas station on Montauk Highway, told Newsday on Sunday that he was driving his truck when he spotted Keblish, 23, lying on his back in a grassy area in front of the Fort Pond Road condominiums and called police.

Prado said Keblish, whom police declared dead at the scene, was wearing tan jeans and a white shirt.

“His cellphone was under his left leg and his arms were sprawled out as if he was just sleeping,” Prado said in an interview Sunday.

Prado said Keblish was in a very open area where anyone could have seen him and expressed surprise that no one discovered the body before he did. He said he believed the body had been there for some time “because he was blue.”

Keblish’s mother, Tova Keblish, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that she was too distraught to discuss her son’s death or provide details about his life.

“I’ve been told it’s still under investigation at this time,” she said. She described her son as “loving, smart, gorgeous, accepting, intelligent.”

“Everybody loved him,” she said. “He accepted everybody.”

Viewing for Keblish is Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Sinnicksons Moriches Funeral Home in Center Moriches. He will be cremated.


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